Staff Reporter

Congress threatens to launch an agitation after the Assembly byelection

  • Congress wants elections to be notified before December 6
  • BJP says all five Congress Mayors failed to keep their promises

    BANGALORE: With the time to lay down office as corporators nearing, city fathers are only hoping that elections to Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) Council will be held at the earliest.

    The 100 corporators, including Mayor Mumtaz Begum, will complete their term on Thursday. Cutting across party lines, leaders of various parties in the BMP Council, who held separate press conferences on Wednesday, urged the State Government to hold the BMP Council elections as soon as possible.

    "We hope and urge the Government to expedite the process of the formation of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and notify the elections as early as possible," was their common appeal.

    Members of the ruling Congress even threatened to launch an agitation at various levels if the elections were not notified by December 6.

    "We will wait till then so that 30 days time for filing objections to the BBMP proposal and the byelections from the Chamundeswari Assembly Constituency are over. If the elections are not notified by then, we will stage a series of protests at block levels and then before Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy's residence. We will meet Governor T.N. Chaturvedi and submit a memorandum appealing him to ensure that the elections are not delayed further," the ruling party leader H. Ravindra said.

    He told presspersons that the Congress was not against BBMP. "But the formation of BBMP should not be an excuse to postpone elections," he said.

    Taking credit for various development projects that had been executed in the last five years, Mr. Ravindra said: "The five-year Congress rule in the BMP had been a fruitful experience. We have completed several projects that had been planned in the budgets over the years. If at all we have not been able to implement any major projects, it is only because of non-cooperation from the Janata Dal (S)-BJP coalition Government," Mr. Ravindra alleged.

    B.R. Nanjundappa of the Janata Dal (S) said he had a satisfactory tenure of being the Opposition leader in the Council.

    "The JD (S) gets the credit of developing the city in the last five years because we were part of the Government during N. Dharam Singh's tenure and remain to be so even now," he said.

    A.H. Basvaraju of the Bharatiya Janata Party alleged that the five-year Congress rule did not do good to the city.

    "All the five Congress Mayors made promises but never fulfilled them. Whatever little development has happened is only because of pressure from the BJP," he added.